One-hundred and forty-eight regional “Contractor of the Year” Winners were named by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry during this year’s regional competition. Judging for the regional projects took place at NARI’s national headquarters in Des Plaines, Ill., in January. Regional CotY Winners will now advance as finalists to the national level.
Several tying scores in several categories indicate that
competition this year was tough. Contractors from seven regions around the
country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis, and all regional winners will
now be eligible for National CotY Awards and will be honored at NARI’s Evening
of ExcellenceSM on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Sheraton Atlanta.
Most projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an
addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category,
“Residential Exterior Specialty.” Otherwise, new construction projects were not
eligible. In addition, competing projects were completed between July 1 of 2007
and November 30 of 2008 and were not submitted in prior NARI National contests.
An impartial panel of judges who are
experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on
each entrant’s “before and after” photography and project description. Judging
was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship,
innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.
To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI
member in good standing. NARI members represent an elite group of the
approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as
The list of 2009 Regional CotY Award Winners is available on
NARI’s Web site.
The Evening of Excellence is widely considered to be the
premier event of the year in the remodeling industry. Scheduled for March 28, 2009,
the Evening of Excellence will be attended by more than 350 industry
professionals and is sponsored by the following NARI National Member companies:
Platinum Level: Ferguson Enterprises in partnership with Stock Building Supply,
Pella Corp. and The Home Depot; Gold Level: Lowe’s Commercial Services; Pewter
Level: GE Money and Moen; and more.